Use of smartphone app associated with lower hospital readmission rates for heart attack survivors

Study shows use of smartphone app associated with lower hospital readmission rates for heart attack survivors
MiCORE digital health intervention screenshots show application components, including medication tracking, vital signs monitoring, educational materials and scheduling follow-up appointments. Credit: Francoise Marvel and Seth Martin

Data collected from a group of 200 heart attack survivors using a smartphone app designed to navigate the recovery process, such as medication management and lifestyle changes, showed that app users experienced hospital readmission within the first 30 days of discharge at half the rate of a comparable group given standard aftercare without the app.

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 6 patients who have been hospitalized after a heart attack return

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Recent pot use linked to increased heart attack risk in young adults

Marijuana has been linked to a doubling in the risk of a heart attack in younger adults, no matter how they use it, a new study reports.

Eighteen- to 44-year-olds who used pot were twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with non-users, whether they smoked, vaped or ate their weed, researchers found.

“We found it wasn’t only smoking that had this kind of effect. The effect size was pretty similar regardless of how people consumed their cannabis,” said lead researcher Dr. Karim Ladha, an anesthesiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy,

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Health Habits to Avoid if You Don’t Want a Heart Attack, Say Experts

A broken heart can, in fact, kill you. Heart disease—which can refer to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, and can lead to a heart attack—is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet about 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with knowledge and heart-healthy action.

So what can you actually do? We’ll answer that question with 15 more. Eat This, Not That! Health rounded up a list of your biggest Qs about heart disease—and found As for them all. Keep reading

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Stop Doing This or You Could Get a Heart Attack, Experts Warn

You pour it out, wear it on your sleeve and love people from the bottom of it. But do you take care—we mean, proper care—of your heart?

For decades, heart disease has been the No. 1 killer of Americans.

The good news: You can make quick, easy changes to your lifestyle to cut your risk, and add years to your life, and it’s never too late. Here are the top 50 things you’re probably doing that put you in danger—from the Eat This, Not That! to you, with all our heart. Read on—and to ensure your health and the

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This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say

During the same week the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said it would not recommend that taking vitamins and supplements can prevent heart disease and cancer, a new study has come out saying one of the most popular supplements out there may be dangerous to a subset of those who are prescribed it. The supplement—Omega-3 fatty acids—is the third most popular in America, according to one recent ConsumerLab survey, with 52% of respondents saying they have taken it in the past year (it was beaten only by magnesium and Vitamin D). Read on to see if

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Tampa Bay is having a heart attack

A few years ago, a friend suffered a massive heart attack during a ski trip. Due to the remote location, he couldn’t be revived. We learned later that he had underlying conditions he was managing, but the altitude and exertion were too much for his heart to handle.

A few months ago, Tampa Bay suffered a heart attack of sorts. The discharge of more than 200 million gallons of pollution-laden water from Piney Point has overwhelmed our ecosystem. This liquid fertilizer provided fuel for an existing bloom of toxic Red Tide, causing massive fish kills, human health problems and a

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